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The Crossroads of Special Operations

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

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The modern Shetland Bus: The lure of covert maritime vessels for great-power competition | War on the Rocks

Shetland Bus has been a significant vessel during the Second World War II. David Howarth became the second-in-command of this covert fleet and wrote the definitive history of the program as “a means for regular transport between Great Britain and Norway...

Marine Corps begins widespread fielding of suppressors | DVIDS

Marine Corps Systems Command started fielding thousands of suppressors to infantry, reconnaissance, and special operation units for employment on the M27, M4, and M4A1 rifles. Small arms suppressors are designed to reduce a weapon’s noise, flash, and recoil. “Our intent...

The Navy’s fight against scurvy | DVIDS

The scurvy disease has been known as the “Black Death of the sea” and was once considered deadly as smallpox. The sailors knew nothing about their vitamin C deficiency until Dr. William Paul Crillon Barton found a cure against...

The tiny forests designed by feng shui | BBC Travel

The feng shui forest, or fengshuilin, is situated in the ancient Hakka village of Guizhuping where it is protected and preserved for around 400 years. The heritage trees are believed to bring prosperity and good health to the Han...

Raise the Black Flag: Nellis launches new Air Force operational test event | Air Force Times

A new joint operational test event called Black Flag will be conducted by the 53rd Wing at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The 53rd Wing is the only wing responsible for operational test and tactics development for fighters, bombers,...

Care packages are not kindling for burn pits | Military.com

Operation Gratitude sends thousands of care packages from 20,000 deployed troops during the global pandemic. Kevin Schmiegel, Paul Cucinotta, and Danielle Tenconi shared their opinions about the importance of the act of giving in these uncertain times who beg...

‘Peanuts’ creator Charles Schulz’s experiences in WWII shaped the character of Charlie Brown | Stars & Stripes

Former Army staff sergeant and cartoonist Charles Schulz found inspiration in World War II in putting together the comic strip “Peanuts.” In 1942, he started his military journey and that meant that he would have to leave his sick...

How one sniper broke a word record: Confirmed kill at 3,540 meters | National Interest

It was confirmed by Canada’s Armed Forces that a sniper from Joint Task Force 2 (JTF-2) neutralized an ISIS target in Iraq at over 3,540 meters in 2017. The shot is the longest and one of the most difficult...

Special Forces soldier charged in Rockford shooting may have PTSD, lawyer says | Army Times

U.S. Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Duke Webb is facing three counts of murder and three counts of first-degree attempted murder after firing a weapon into a bowling alley. His lawyer, Elizabeth Bucko, has stated that he may...

Snakehead will be the largest underwater drone that U.S. nuclear submarines can deploy | The Drive

The US Navy has received a new large-displacement design as part of its Snakehead program for unmanned undersea vehicles. These underwater drones that are launched by nuclear powered submarines will be able to scout certain areas and perform intelligence...

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US Green Berets who’ve trained Taiwanese troops explain how they could fight China and why the US keeps their mission secret | Business Insider

During the first week of October, China sent more than 150 aircraft into Taiwan’s air-defense identification zone. Although this...

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